Gardeners wanted to help sick children

Want to put your green fingers to good use? Here's how.

Sunday, 28th May 2017, 4:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:49 pm
Ann-Marie Powell cutting the ribbon at a Greenfingers garden at an Oxford children's hospice

Gardeners of Sussex are invited to an exclusive garden party to raise money to build gardens for sick children.

The event, hosted at Shepherd’s Cottage near Chichester, features a guided tour with award-winning garden designer, Ann-Marie Powell.

Funds will go to Greenfingers charity, which builds therapeutic and accessible gardens in the grounds of children’s Hospices.

Guests will be taken on a guided tour of the gardens

Close to the south-facing flint stone cottage visitors will find an attractive Purbeck stone terrace surrounded by magnificent planting schemes, with steps down to a small orchard, under-planted with chalk-loving meadow flowers.

Trim lawns, yew hedges, ilex balls and drifts of wind grass provide structure and year-round interest.

Ann-Marie, who also designed a special ‘woodland walk’ for Chestnut Tree House, will teach guests about different gardening techniques.

Linda Petrons, head of fundraising and communications at Greenfingers, said: “We fundraise to create ouside spaces in children’s hospices.

“Quite a lot of children that use hospices do not get to enjoy outside spaces because they need to be near medical care.

“Our work is about bringing the inside of the hospice outside.

“The gardens can be anything from a therapeutic garden to a grow your own garden to a bereavement garden.

“They do make a real difference, not just to the children but the whole family.”

For tickets or more information, visit the Greenfingers website or call 01494 674749.